Genesis Chapter 44

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1: And he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth. edit

2: And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. edit

3: As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. edit

4: And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Joseph said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good? edit

5: Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing. edit

6: And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words. edit

7: And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing: edit

8: Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold? edit

9: With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen. edit

10: And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless. edit

11: Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. edit

12: And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. edit

13: Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and returned to the city. edit

14: And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground. edit

15: And Joseph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine? edit

16: And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found. edit

17: And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father. edit

18: Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh. edit

19: My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother? edit

20: And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him. edit

21: And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him. edit

22: And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die. edit

23: And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more. edit

24: And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. edit

25: And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food. edit

26: And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us. edit

27: And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons: edit

28: And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since: edit

29: And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. edit

30: Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life; edit

31: It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave. edit

32: For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever. edit

33: Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. edit

34: For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father. edit

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